Its about time i did some swatches on all the liptars i own!
Liptars are known to be the most intense lip colour on the market, made by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Its vegan friendly, and is made from a simple concoction of high intensity pigment and peppermint oils (check website for specifics).
The old ones came in 10ML tubes before they altered the packaging and now i think it only holds 8MLs, but still, they are so intense, a tiny bit goes a looong way, i cant imagine ever finishing one of them unless its used rigorously every day for professional makeup artistry.
Flavour: because it is made on a base of peppermint oil, it has a subdued peppermint underflavour, if that makes sense, it is not at all a spicy over-the-top in-your-face toothpaste kind of peppermint, but its very very pleasant and subtle aroma that i actually quite like!
Texture/Consistency/Application: It applies really creamily and smoothly, and OPAQUE!!! i cannot emphasize that enough. If you want colour, with Liptars, you got colour. It does however dry to a satin finish and may dry out your lips if you are proned to dryness and chaffing, so please exfoliate/moisturise before hand, or apply a balm or gloss over the top.
The amount of product needed to cover the whole of your lips is tiiiny, depending on how big your lips are, mine being an averagely-semi full size, i only need the amount of half a pea on my lip brush, or if the colour is being dry (ill explain this later in the section of 'the things i dont like') then maybe a pea size of product, but in between those two measurements!
YES Yes yes, you must use a lipbrush if you want application to be precise, unless you plan to jazz up an unpigmented lipgloss or lipstick by smearing a tiny bit over the top of another product with your finger, then thats a different story!
Price: USD$ 12.50 each,
since these products are not sold as 'one off' lipcolours, rather an array of colours that allows you to MIX any custom colour you prefer, it amounts to quite alot (as people would want to get all the colours to be able to mix)!
But the fact that its going to last you literally forever, its not too bad at all!
Things i Dont like: The good thing about not reviewing it as soon as i got it (which was like a year ago) is that over time there were negative things that could show up that i wouldnt have known as soon as i got it.
- After a while the pigment and oil starts to separate and since its in a squeezy tube, its really hard to mix it back together, so sometimes i get very dry pigment with hardly any oil, and sometimes i get very sheer pigment with heaps of oil, so what i have to do is always turn them upside down (and vice versa) every time i remember, it improves it but still not that much though :(
- It WILL LEAK if you try and bring it out with you (in your handbag etc). The packaging is not very tight/sturdy. Quite inconvenient in this matter.
- and for some reason my liptar Feathered (white) arrived leaking and it just gets everywhere, and i feel realy bad that product is being wasted is enough for approx 5+ applications, and the tube prety mch cost like $15 AUD.
- The colours are SO INTENSE that they do stain. You can even see in the swatches that the blue has gone abit green because of the previous yellow swatch.
ONTO THE PICTURES/SWATCHES!!!!
I use my lipbrush from The Body Shop to apply the product, i dont think you'll be able to get away with those crappy lipbrushes from bad makeup sets, you need a good one.
My bare lips, primed with some foundation and set with powder
(3) Katricia photographs alot lighter than it is in real life, in real life it looks like a dark hubba bubba grape
that goes the same for (8)RX, it looks alot darker in real life and photographs alot lighter
(2) Safety orange looks red, but its just a really warm/hot orange
The (7) Traffic 'yellow' swatch is alot clearer here, it can be mixed with the (2) safety orange to make a more "orangey orange".
Note that crazy colours like white, yellow, and blue are not meant to be used on their own (they can be if you're going for a haloween look) but they are usually for mixing colours, lightening colours, toning down colours, adding warmth, etc.
Plus it doesnt just limit to the crazy colours either, all of OCC liptars were made for mixing, so you can get what ever shade you would like!
For example, my sister has a barbie party coming up soon and I'll be giving her a hot barbie pink lip, which i would probaby mix 1, 5, and 6 (Anime, Hush, Conquest) OR 1, 5, and 9 (Anime, Hush, Feathered).
or if i really want to go bubble gum pink, i may consider mixing 1. Anime with 3. Katricia, or if im feeling daring, trying to mix it with a tiny bit of 8.RX, and ofcourse lighten it up with 9. or 6.
Overview of colours:
1. Anime - day glo neon pink (medium tone, extremely bright)
2.Safety Orange - ultra warm and red orange
3.Katricia - creamy lavender
4.Pretty Beige - pretty much my skin colour
5.Hush - very muted bridal pink
6.Conquest - like a cream colour, or a bone colour
7.Traffic - Warm yellow
8.RX - primary blue, darker in real life than photographed
9.Feathered - correction fluid white
I love 6. Conquest (even though its a beyond OMG concealer lips colour), it really reminds me of this Chocolate themed makeup that MakeUpStore did in one of their emagazines (top right hand picture). Whenever i look at Conqest liptar i now think of white chocolate!
Hope you guys liked it!